BugFinder Insects by State Spiders Butterflies & Moths Bees, Ants, & Wasps Beetles All Bugs Videos (YouTube)

Banded Sphinx (Eumorpha fasciatus)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Banded Sphinx

Loading SVG image placeholder
Image Credit: Phyllis P. from Weddington, NC
Full-sized image of the Banded-Sphinx-Moth Thumbnail image of the Banded-Sphinx-Moth
Image Credit: Bill A. from Mobile, AL
Full-sized image #2 of the Banded-Sphinx-Moth Thumbnail image #2 of the Banded-Sphinx-Moth
Image Credit: James H.
Full-sized image #3 of the Banded-Sphinx-Moth Thumbnail image #3 of the Banded-Sphinx-Moth
Image Credit: Bunny
Full-sized image #4 of the Banded-Sphinx-Moth Thumbnail image #4 of the Banded-Sphinx-Moth
Image Credit: Seth R.
Full-sized image #5 of the Banded-Sphinx-Moth Thumbnail image #5 of the Banded-Sphinx-Moth
Image Credit: Brittany Y. from Ringgold, GA
Full-sized image #6 of the Banded-Sphinx-Moth Thumbnail image #6 of the Banded-Sphinx-Moth
Image Credit: Chris C., taken in LeHigh Acres, FL
Full-sized image #7 of the Banded-Sphinx-Moth Thumbnail image #7 of the Banded-Sphinx-Moth

This large moth is criss-crossed with sharp bands that add contrast to wings and the body.

Updated: 06/08/2023; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Wide, angled tan lines cross the dark brown wings of the Banded Sphinx Moth, enhancing its triangular shape. The hindwings have bright pink bottom edges, and when stretched out, one can see a black eyespot on a pink background by the body. The tan thorax has a dark line of hairs running down the middle and the dark body has a tan line running down the middle.

The caterpillar changes colors, starting out green with white diagonal side stripes and a long black horn or 'tail'. It may be black with white diagonal side lines and a lime green line by the legs. It may also be pinkish-purple. The coloring depends on the caterpillar's maturity. Primrose and Evening primrose are food sources and the larvae feed on the leaves. In warmer states, two broods can be produced and the later one pupates through winter.

Look for the large adults in areas where host plants grow like gardens, woods, and fields. Look for large, round eggs under the leaves of primrose plants in early spring as well as later in summer.©InsectIdentification.org

Note: The above text is EXCLUSIVE to the site www.InsectIdentification.org. It is the product of hours of research and work made possible with the help of contributors, educators, and topic specialists. If you happen upon this text anywhere else on the internet or in print, please let us know at InsectIdentification AT gmail DOT com so that we may take appropriate action against the offender / offending site and continue to protect this original work.

General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
Flying insect icon
Striped or banded insect icon

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Sphingidae
View More
          Genus: Eumorpha
View More
            Species: fasciatus

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Eumorpha fasciatus
Other Name(s): Lesser Vine Sphinx Moth
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 87mm to 96mm (3.42" to 3.77")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; tan; pink
Descriptors: lines; veins; bright hindwing; fuchsia; pointed wings; large; bug; streamlined; flying

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 87mm (3.4in) and 96mm (3.8in)
Lo: 87mm
Md: 91.5mm
Hi: 96mm

Territorial Map*

U.S., Canada, and Mexico
State of Alabama graphic
State of Arizona graphic
State of Arkansas graphic
State of California graphic
State of Colorado graphic
State of Delware graphic
State of Florida graphic
State of Georgia graphic
State of Idaho graphic
State of Illinois graphic
State of Indiana graphic
State of Iowa graphic
State of Kansas graphic
State of Kentucky graphic
State of Louisiana graphic
State of Maine graphic
State of Maryland graphic
State of Michigan graphic
State of Minnesota graphic
State of Mississippi graphic
State of Missouri graphic
State of Montana graphic
State of Nebraska graphic
State of Nevada graphic
State of New England graphic
State of New Jersey graphic
State of New Mexico graphic
State of New York graphic
State of North Carolina graphic
State of North Dakota graphic
State of Ohio graphic
State of Oklahoma graphic
State of Oregon graphic
State of Pennsylvania graphic
State of South Carolina graphic
State of South Dakota graphic
State of Tennessee graphic
State of Texas graphic
State of Utah graphic
State of Virginia graphic
State of Washington graphic
State of West Virginia graphic
State of Wisconsin graphic
State of Wyoming graphic
Canadian territory of Alberta graphic
Canadian territory of British Columbia graphic
Canadian territory of Manitoba graphic
Canadian territory of New Brunswick graphic
Canadian territory of Newfoundland and Labrador graphic
Canadian territory of Ontario graphic
Canadian territory of Quebec graphic
Canadian territory of Saskatchewan graphic
Territory map graphic of the country of Mexico
Contiguous United States shape map layer graphic
Prince Edward Is.  
* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Banded Sphinx may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Banded Sphinx. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
Site Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Cookies  |  Sitemap
Beetle Identification Butterfly Identification Caterpillar Identification Spider ID Fungal Infections on Insects Nursery Web Spider Official State Insects Termite Basics Insect Molting Process Bugs of Tennessee House Centipede JoroSpider.org

2024 www.InsectIdentification.org • Content ©2006-2024 InsectIdentification.org • All Rights Reserved. The InsectIdentification.org logo, its written content, and watermarked photographs/imagery are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and is protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. Material presented throughout this website is for entertainment value and should not to be construed as usable for scientific research or medical advice (regarding bites, etc...).Please consult licensed, degreed professionals for such information. By submitting images to us (InsectIdentification.org) you acknowledge that you have read and understood our Site Disclaimer as it pertains to "User-Submitted Content". Images in JPG format are preferred with a minimum horizontal dimension of 1000px if possible. When emailing please include your location and the general estimated size of the specimen in question if possible. Please direct all inquiries and comments to insectidentification AT gmail.com. No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.

©2024 www.InsectIdentification.org • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2006-2024 (18yrs)